New Jersey plane crash kills five

A Socata TBM single-engine plane. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

HARDING, N.J. (AP) — Police say five people are dead after a small plane headed for Georgia crashed on one of the New York City area's busiest highways.

State Police Lt. Stephen Jones confirmed to The Associated Press the death toll in the crash on Interstate 287 in Harding, N.J.

Police say the bodies were in the plane and no motorists were involved.

Two New York City investment bankers are among the five dead. Greenhill & Co. says two managing directors were aboard. They were 45-year-old Jeffrey Buckalew and 36-year-old Rakesh Chawla.

Buckalew is the registered owner of the single-engine plane and has a pilot's license. Greenhill says his wife and their two children also were aboard.

The FAA says the plane departed Teterboro Airport for DeKalb Peachtree Airport near Atlanta Tuesday when there was a garbled transmission and it disappeared from the radar.

The plane crashed on Interstate 287 in Harding, N.J.

The FAA says the Socata TBM-700 single-engine turboprop had taken off from nearby Teterboro Airport and was headed for DeKalb Peachtree Airport near Atlanta when it disappeared from radar.

Witnesses reported the plane spiraling out of control, losing pieces, hitting the ground and exploding.

Helicopter footage from News 12 New Jersey showed charred wreckage, and state police said the highway was closed in both directions.

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